From a press release:
The and Vice-Mayor Rob Bonta invite you to a free screening of Bully in the historic Alameda Theatre on Monday, May 7, at 7 p.m. Seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis.
Following the screening, you are invited to stay for a panel discussion moderated by the vice mayor. Members on the panel will include Sean McPhetridge, assistant superintendent, Alameda Unified School District; Nicole Williams-Browning, principal of Lincoln Middle School; Jeff Knoth, principal of Wood Middle School' Diana Kenney, Discovery Channel trainer and computer educator at Encinal High School; and Alameda Police Chief Mike Noonan.
We feel that this event will help support the many programs and activities to help educate and inform our youth and their parents regarding bullying issues in our schools and in the community.
Some of them are:
- In addition to adopting an anti-bullying curriculum in April 2010, the AUSD has supported annual Season For Nonviolence activities including daily readings in
- the schools, a student speech contest and a 2012 series of bullying prevention assemblies in both elementary and middle schools.
- Facing History and Ourselves has been incorporated into curriculum at Encinal and Alameda High Schools.
- Lincoln Middle School is in its second year of the “Wall Breakers” project.
- Wood Middle School hosted a community-wide bullying prevention workshop in 2011 and, through grant funding, has staff dedicated to bullying prevention, education and intervention.
- Alternatives in Action's Bay Area School of Enterprise (BASE) has helped organize a number of activities focusing on nonviolence including the Fast For Nonviolence
- This year, Girls Incorporated of the Island City’s “Blueprint” program focused on the topics of bullying and cyber-bullying.
When Bully was first released, it had an R rating, which many youth advocates felt was unwarranted and would prevent youth who might benefit from the experience from seeing the movie. Below is an excerpt from the ABC news release announcing the downgrading of the rating to PG-13.
ABC News / April 6, 2012
Bully Film Rating Lowered to PG-13 After Public Pressure
The producers of Bully, a documentary on the bullying crisis in U.S. schools, claimed what they called a “huge victory” today when the Motion Picture Association of America agreed to lower the film’s rating from R to the less restrictive PG-13, making it easier for younger audiences to see it.
Bully director Lee Hirsch successfully negotiated with the MPAA to keep in a key scene that showed 15-year-old Alex Libby getting viciously harassed on a school bus provided Hirsch remove three ”F-word” references.